H-2B Visa Limit Update for the Year 2023
In this blog, we will be sharing updates on the H-2B Visa Mid Year cap for the year 2023.
But first, we will see how H-2B Visa has been filling short-term skilled worker shortages.
Since 1952, the H-2B Visa program has invited thousands of temporary seasonal workers to the U.S. each year. The H-2B visa’s goal was to aid in filling the short-term labor shortages in the country for specific non – agricultural jobs. A few of the qualified professions for the H-2B visa include ski resort laborers, athletes, business trainers, construction workers, entertainers, etc.
What is The Cap Count For H-2B Visa?
Congress has set the H-2B cap for every fiscal year at 66,000, with 33,000 of the total quota of workers being invited each half of the year. The USCIS on September 14 reported that as of September 12, 33,000 visas to qualified candidates have already been issued. Thus the petitions for the H-2B visa Cap-subject seeking employment for start dates before April 1, 2023, will be rejected by USCIS.
In the first half of this year, the visa limit was filled two weeks before that was recorded last year, reducing the chances of immigrant workers starting their process later in the year to be accepted. It is advised for the applicants who were not approved under the first H-2B cap, to go on with the application process so that their certifications are put together for when visas become available before the start date of April 1, 2023, or if you will lie under the visa cap-exempt category.
What is The Cap Count Exemption For The Visa H-2B?
You will be exempt from the H-2B Visa cap count under the following if any conditions apply:
- Seeking to extend stay in H-2B status by changing employer petitions
- Petition for recipients living outside the U.S. who have been counted in the first 33,0000 limits for FY2023
- Application of workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or Guam under the fish roe processing industry.
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